The American Dream: Does Your Zip Code Determine Your Destiny?

Episode 46

The American Dream: Does Your Zip Code Determine Your Destiny?

Stat: 50. The percentage of American children today who will grow up to earn more than their parents did.

Story: That’s down from over 90 percent for children born in the 1940s and its says a lot about the current state of the American Dream. John Friedman, who’s a leader of Opportunity Insights which is working to help people get out of poverty, says the opportunity to move up the economic ladder depends a lot on where you live and even who your kindergarten teacher was. He speaks with host Dan LeDuc about what factors can improve kids’ chances of success.

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